Saturday, August 27, 2011
2011 The Barclays Second Round Highlights from the PGA Tour's Fed Ex Cup playoffs. The event has been shortened to 54 holes.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Click here to view highlights from the second round of the Johnnie Walker Championhsip at Gleaneagles.
First round highlights from the incompleted first round of The Barclays on the PGA Tour.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
On the eve of The Barclays the PGA Tour needed one man who looked good in a suit, is revered by the masses and has no elephants in his closet. Enter a brylcremed Phil Mickelson like Gordon Gekko alongside Barclays CEO Bob Diamond. Apparently all was going swimmingly in the economics debate until Phil decided to ad lib and in the process apply for Chinese citizenship. Here’s what he said:
"I'd like to add one more thing to that jobs thing or to the economy. You know, our jobs here in the United States, 47% of our jobs are government jobs, they cost us money. Whereas only 53% are producing money to help us grow out of this economic downturn. Whereas other countries, you take a look at China, 90% of their jobs are contributing to the government, only 10% are government jobs. Until we get private business job opportunities where we are raising money for the government, and really helping unemployment in that area, it really isn't going to make much of a difference."
Luckily for Phil, The Golf Channels “Lynch”pin Kelly Tilghman was on hand to diffuse the situation with "How about Mickelson, Lefty for president!"
Answer: One has one small cup but very little support. The other can be found in a bin at the back of Ann Summer’s store!
I caught a McIlroy Leprechaun today and told him I had absolutely no interest in his pot of gold. Delighted about that, he said he'd granted me one wish. I said I want to live forever, 'sorry' said the McIlroy Leprechaun 'I can't grant wishes like that'. Fine I said 'I want to die when Tiger Woods wins another major' - 'Crafty bastard' said the Leprechaun!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
This is Bethany College golf team from Kansas as they appeared in their unofficial team photo. All was going well until somebody accidentally sent the pic to the athletic director, golf coach, and moral policeman Jon Daniels, who almost burst a blood vessel.
The Lutheran Church affiliated college and Daniels slapped a suspension on the whole team for three matches and ordered them to keep their headcovers on their drivers and their balls in their bags. It is unclear whether he also ordered that they all be waxed, or whether the lack of body hair was their own idea.
Comedy Landlord Al Murray Witnesses incident
A bizarre incident occurred at the launch of the 2011 Ulster PGA Championship at the Hilton Templepatrick yesterday involving European Tour winner Michael Hoey and a photographer. The over zealous snapper from a local paper somehow managed to dive in front of Hoey just as he about to drive off. Hoey, a 300 yard plus average driver unleashed his Pro V1 towards the unlucky paparazzo who felt the full impact of the hit.
“He was driven back exactly 42 yards” said comedian Pub Landlord Al Murray who witnessed the incident, adding “I paced it out and double checked it on the bushnell.” The good news from the cameraman who has chosen to remain anonymous is that he should be out of hospital in six months to a year. The better news is that the picture that was recovered from his obliterated camera is an Award Winner as it captures, for the first time ever, Hoey’s delight as he inflicts massive internal injury.
Other snappers rostered to work at the the Ulster PGA Championship at Hilton Templepatrick Hotel & Country Club between Monday 12th and Wednesday 14th September are on high alert at the news that Hoey will be returning for the event with the likes of Simon Thornton, Philip Walton, David Higgins and defending champion Barrie Trainor.
And here is the photo of the incident involving Hoey. Comedy Landlord Al Murray is standing back left.
If you are interested in playing alongside one of Ireland’s leading Professionals in the Pro-Am, team entry forms are available in the Pro shop or by contacting Eamonn Logue on 02894 435542 or by e-mail Eamonn.email@example.com
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Now show me a big thick book and I feel a twinge in my left hamstring but “Danny Mo”, a new novel by John Haines is taking the golf world by storm. Haines claims the story’s central character Danny Moran is a first cousin of SawDoctor legend Leo Moran. And he lives far far away, so it’s probably true. Danny Mo is so popular amongst touring pros that every player at The Barclay’s this week is reading a copy. Except for Bubba Watson, Hunter Mahan and Ben Crane, who cant read, and are having a copy of Danny Mo read to them in segments each night by Peter Oosterboosterhouse.
So good is Danny Mo that Sports Illustrated’s legendary golf writer Gary PopSickle has even wrote an article celebrating the work. Click here to read that.
“I Used To Love Her, and her, and her, and her” by Tiger Woods
“To Win Just Once” by Rickie Fowler
“Hay Wrap” by Bubba Watson
Danny Mo Golf Novel Review John Haines
They may sound like something Lt Commander Data would come out with on Star Trek Enterprise but “Chiari malformations” are little blighters at the back of the brain that mess with your balance. JB Holmes recently found out he has these in residence at the back of his brain and is scheduled to undergo a minor “brain” surgery on September 1st to fix it. The whole deal shouldn’t take more than 90 minutes, that’s about as much time as it takes Man United to beat Spurs 3-0.
Holmes said ''Best of all, there's a very high success rate in fixing the condition. It's just such a relief to know that there's a name for what I've been going through these past few months and that I have a good chance of getting back to golf and to my regular life.''
Fellow pros are quietly worried that a cured Holmes when he returns will be able to hit it long. And straight. All the best JB!
The Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, Scotland 25 Aug 2011 - 28 Aug 2011
Odds with Stan James
also check out our 2011 The Barclays Betting Preview and Tips here
Ross Fisher 20/1Two top tens (in Dubai and Munich) all season is a pretty poor showing for a player the calibre of Ross Fisher but I still think he can turn around his year with a good performance here. I recall him being eight under after 11 holes during the second round last year but fell back. Four consistent rounds has evaded Fisher this season as his recent PGA performance showed where he matched two rounds of 69 with a 71 and 76. As I said, I have a feeling something is going to click soon for Fish.bet now
Stephen Gallacher 35/1After a missed cut at Atlanta Athletic Club, Gallacher gets beack to European golf this week on a course he knows very well. Third in Ireland a few weeks back, he will be looking to recreate that form on the Gleneagles track that is only an hour from his home. Was in contention last year until a final round 77 in windy conditions dropped him to tied 14th. bet now
Simon Dyson 20/1With four top tens heading into the British Open, Simon’s season really kicked off with a ninth at St Georges followed by a big win in Ireland. There followed a couple of manic weeks in the States where he played well at the weekend in the WGC then struggled at the US PGA. A rested Dyse will be looking to better his sixth place last year, when he was under the added pressure of having to win the event to make the Ryder Cup team. bet now
David Howell 70/1Watching friend Oliver Fisher win last week is sure to spur on an improving David Howell. He has finished his last two events with 73’s to somewhat blot a copybook of decent form. With more events will come improvement. Top tenned in Ireland a few weeks back and has a best of tied third in Gleneagles in 2008.bet now
Gary Boyd 30/1Fourth last week but had a great chance to win at the Czech Open. Boyd fell to 14th on the final leader board in his first Johnnie Walker at Gleneagles last year after two great opening rounds of 67 and 68 saw him on top of the leaderboard. If he can keep his concentration at the weekend this time around a podium finish is not out of the question.bet now
Best Of The RestA poor final round of 75 saw the Steven O’Hara (90/1) drop down to a share of fifth in the Czech Republic but this week he returns to a familiar course on which he has performed well in the past. Top tenned in 2007 with a best result of tied seventh in 2009. Those odds are criminal to say the least! After a good start to the year in Qatar Soren Hansen (70/1) has had a nightmare since. The Irish Open brought signs of an improvement with a tied fifth but a missed cut again last week after a Friday 78 at the Czech Open was worrying. Hansen’s Gleneagles record is exemplary however with four top tens from his last five appearances. Came closest back in 2006 when he came second to Paul Casey.bet now
A lot of people come up to me on the Tour Truck and ask what loft they should have on their gap wedges? There are just so many lofts available from 48 to 64 degrees. The first thing you need to do before buying gap wedges is to determine the loft on the pitching wedge in your set.
You can do this easily by carrying out a google search on the lofts for your brand of clubs. In general a standard pitching wedge is 47º. If that is the case with you, I recommend you buy a 52 degree a 56 degree which is a standard wedge and a 60 degree which is a standard lob wedge. By doing this you are keeping a uniform four degrees loft differential between your three gap wedges. Thus inside about 110 yards, or the ‘scoring zone’ as it is sometimes referred to, you have a wedge to suit every distance.
Some irons sets however designed for game improvement are built with stronger lofts. This means the pitching wedge may be stamped “PW” but really carry the loft of a nine iron. These are also called ‘distance irons’ and in these the pitching wedge tends to be about 43 degrees. The best combination of gap wedges to suit then would be 48, 54 and 58 degrees. Again this attempts to ensure a similar loft difference between each club.
View a huge selection of wedges on www.golfbidder.com.
With top Irish amateur and TPI certified fitness instructor Robbie Cannon of Harrington Golf. To book a session call Robbie on 086-6002432
Many of the big hitters on Tour these days work out in the gym. Aswell as having technically excellent swings, they also work on developing explosive power.
One great exercise to get started with is called the “rocket launcher”. I recommend that you start doing this exercise without weights and only add these in as you progress.
To do this exercise it’s vital to firstly get into the correct position. Squat half way down with your back as staright as possible and your arms as straight as you can. Bend at the knees. When you are down a comfortable amount, push up as hard as you can with your legs clearing the ground with your feet.
Increase the difficulty of this exercise using dumbbells with the same weight each side. Again squat down maintaining good posture, pause for one second, then explode up. Adding the rocket launcher to your daily workout will greatly aid the explosiveness in your golf swing.
Monday, August 22, 2011
2011 The Barclays August 25 – 28, 2011, Plainfield Country Club • Edison, NJ
odds from Stan James
Winner Alright: Last week we tipped Webb Simpson at 20/1.
Jason Day 28/1Winning a playoff event would be a fitting cap on a great season for Jacon Day. Six top tens so far this year including being runner up at both the Masters and the US Open. Missed the cut last time out at the PGA Championship but Day does have some Playoff previous; he tied fifth last year and tied twelfth in 2009. Each way possibilities. bet now
Charles Howell 40/1Solid tied fourth for Charles Howell last week makes it four top five finishes in his last seven events. It all boils down to some vastly improved putting form of late. Known as a perennial underachiever on Tour, Howell is having one of best years ever on Tour, lying 26th in the FedEx standings and having broken through the $2 million season earnings barrier. An each way shout on another Donald Ross layout. bet now
Ernie Els 80/1Last week saw somewhat of a resurgence for Ernie after a decent finish at the Wyndham Championship. The key difference for Els is his belly putter and on this short Plainfield venue this week, the flat stick will be key. Els tied second in 2009 at the brutally long Liberty National venue and tied fourth in 2007 at the short Westchester course. Will 2011 see another podium? Possibly! bet now
Adam Scott 16/1Another man who has benefitted from a putter change this season is Adam Scott. The Aussie is back to his very best having bagged the WGC Bridgestone a few weeks back, then top tenned at the PGA Championship. Add to that the fact that Tiger wont be there to sneer at Stevie and you have to give Scott a chance. His best finish in this event was when he tied second in 2006 at the then titled Barclays Classic in Westchester. bet now
Steve Stricker 16/1Did we witness Steve Stricker getting rattled after shooting a 63 in the first round of the PGA Championship? The fact that he finished 12th there, his tenth consecutive top 20 finish, still didn’t satisfy many. For the last three seasons the Barclays has been played on a 7300+ yard courses and Stricks has finished in the top three on both occasions. In 2007 when it was played on 6800 yard Westchester, he won. Don’t write off the Memorial and John Deere winner just yet. bet now
Vijay Singh 80/1Last week was a bounceback week for two former greats that have suffered chronic back problems in recent seasons. Freddie Couples won his first Senior major after being re-engineered by a German wonder-doc and Vijay Singh re-emerged with his old swing at the Wyndham Championship where he tied fourth. Winner of this event in 2006 and 2008 I expect another strong performance this week. bet now
27 March 2011: Martin Laird at Arnold Palmer Invitational
Putter: TaylorMade Rossa Daytona Ghost
17 April 2011: Brendan Steele at Valero Texas Open
Putter: TaylorMade Rossa Monza Corza Long
29 May 2011: Keegan Bradley at HP Byron Nelson Classic
Putter: Odyssey White Hot XG Sabertooth belly (46.75 inches long)
7 August 2011: Adam Scott at World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational
Scotty Cameron Studio Select Kombi (49 inches long)
14 August 2011: Keeegan Bradley at PGA Championship
Putter: Odyssey White Hot XG Sabertooth belly (46.75 inches long)
21 August 2011: Webb Simpson at Wyndham Championship
Putter: Ping Craz-E Belly
6 September 2011: Webb Simpson at Deutsche Bank Championship
Putter: Ping Craz-E Belly
This list does not include Darren Clarke’s belly or Fred Couples belly, which were both also winners.
I wonder if Webb watched Talladegas Nights before the final round. He even had the screaming baby! Dear Lord Baby Jesus, I want to thank you for this wonderful meal, my two beautiful son's, Walker and Texas Ranger, and my Red-Hot Smokin' Wife, Carley!
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Into the hat from last week goes Peter O’Donnell, Oola, Limerick and joins Dennis Lavery from Armagh.
No sooner had we seen Tommy Gainey, a former contestant from the Golf Channel’s reality show Big Break, almost win the Wyndham Championship, but another former female from the show gets a Captain’s pick for the 2011 USA Solheim Cup Team.
Rosie Jones stunned the LPGA Tour’s established pros by announcing Ryann O’Toole as one of her Captain’s picks. O’Toole who appeared on Big Break Sandals Resort has only played seven LPGA events in her career. She has however come ninth at the U.S. Women’s Open and tied for fifth at the Safeway Classic and now joins Vicky Hurst on the team that will meet Europe at Killeen Castle in Ireland Sept. 23-25th.
“I’m ready to kick Europe’s butt,” O’Toole said after hearing the news.
2011 USA Solheim Cup Team
Morgan Pressel (Overall: 3-2-2; Singles: 2-0)
Stacy Lewi s (Solheim Cup rookie)
Angela Stanford (Overall: 3-4-3; Singles 2-1)
Paula Creamer (Overall: 8-2-4; Singles: 3-0)
Michelle Wie (Overall: 3-0-1; Singles: 1-0)
Brittany Lincicome (Overall: 2-4-1; Singles: 1-1)
Brittany Lang (Overall: 1-0-2; Singles: 0-0-1)
Juli Inkster (Overall: 15-10-6; Singles: 6-1-1)
Christina Kim (Overall: 5-2-1; Singles: 2-0)
Vicky Hurst (Solheim Cup rookie)
Ryann O'Toole (Solheim Cup rookie)
Just weeks after having his back re-engineered by a German wunder-doc Freddie Couples lifted his Senior Major title at at the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship at Westchester Country Club. Here are the highlights.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Well done to Oliver Fisher on his win. Click below to view 2011 Czech Open Final Round Highlights on the European Tour site.
Stephen Ames, the man with the head of a thoroughbred racehorse and whose ass was once royally kicked by Tiger Woods in the WGC Matchplay is now coming to his defence. Ames communicates through his trainers by both banging his front hooves off the ground and neighing.
“Swing-wise it looks 10 times better than it was before,” Ames said from his stable in Trinidad. “Sean Foley has done a wonderful job and, as Sean has mentioned before, he’s not clear upstairs right now. I think it’s going to be awhile before he gets there.”
“I’d like him to take me out for a ride sometime, I know I could help him get in the back saddle. Neighhhhhh”
Click below to watch third round highlights from the 2011 Czech Open on the European Tour site.